Life has been a bit hectic lately, but that hasn’t stopped me from baking up quite the storm. It doesn’t help that I’ve fallen in love with the Great British Bake-off. Whenever I see someone making delicious food on tv, it always gets me excited to be in the kitchen. Hubby enjoys this, at least at first. After multiple sweet treats in a row… he may wish I’d stop watching such shows!
First I went through a pie making craze.
Old fashioned apple tart.
British Apple Pie (Less sugar, no spices)
I used a British style pastry, which was so much easier to work with! It allowed me to practice some of my pie decorating without having to worry about it crumbling on me.
At our church, we do a monthly seniors luncheon. Well, this past month the lady who usually runs it was away and the lady who usually makes the desserts was terribly sick. I volunteered to make the pies since I was in this pie-making craze. I made 8 pies, 4 different kinds. Coconut cream, Apple, Custard, and Pecan. I’m told they turned out well.
A few of the pies.
BAKING OTHER THAN PIES:
I also made some blueberry muffins, pesto biscuits, and chocolate eclairs during this time. These were purely selfish bakes! 😊 I’ve tried a few different scone recipes as well, but don’t have pictures. Our favorite is a Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Scone. The Eclairs went over quite well with hubby. We may have eaten all twelve within 4 or 5 hours.
The baking has settled down a bit… mostly due to an increase in my weight! But I still have a few more treats I want to try out. I just need to find some people willing to eat a few so that hubby and I don’t eat them all.
Have you ever tried making Naan Bread?
There’s a great recipe on All Recipes. I’ve made it multiple times now and have even used it as a pizza crust.
You start by proofing yeast.
Next, you mix in the dry ingredients and knead. Then allow it to rise until double in size. This takes about an hour. While you are waiting you can chop up your garlic. I just popped mine in the fridge until I needed it. Once your dough has risen you flatten it and knead in your garlic. Break your dough into golf ball size balls and allow to rise for another half hour. I have a cast iron griddle that is flat on one side and is more of a grill on the other; find one like it here Cast Iron Griddle – Amazon. About half to two-thirds of the way through the second rise I pop my grill onto the two burners and start preheating. When the dough has finished the second rise, you shape it and pop it on the grill. Brush butter on the exposed side and let it cook a minute or two before flipping and brushing butter on the cooked side.
Repeat until all of your dough balls are shaped and cooked.
To make it into a pizza, I preheated my oven to around 350 F. I then topped it with a bit extra butter and garlic powder. Next, I sautéed some veggies in a bit of oil and added salt, pepper, cumin, curry powder and turmeric to taste. Once my veggies were tender and aromatic I spread them onto my naan. We follow a vegetarian/vegan diet most of the time so instead of using cheese on our pizzas we sometimes take panko bread crumbs mixed with a little olive oil and spread that on top. You could season your crumbs with herbs or garlic powder as well. Bake for 5-10 minutes until the breadcrumbs have browned. Keep a close eye on it, so they don’t burn.
This makes a super tasty pizza! Tweak it to your tastes or top with your favorite traditional pizza toppings. It would also make excellent garlic fingers if topped with butter, crushed garlic, garlic salt, onion salt, oregano and nice gooey cheese,
What toppings would you put on a naan pizza?
Sometimes I get ambitious and make homemade doughnuts. These particular doughnuts I learned how to make from a class I took on Craftsy. Check out their selection of baking classes here: Online Baking Classes. I have completed Simple to Sensational Doughnuts (where I learned to make the doughnuts I’m writing about now), Miniature French Desserts, and Classic Croissants at Home. I have a couple more that I have yet to complete but can’t wait to try, Danish Pastries from Scratch and French Pastry Shop Classics. You can expect to see some posts of my results when I finish! I recommend any courses by Colette Christian or Jenny McCoy since most of the courses mentioned above are taught by Colette and the doughnuts course is taught by Jenny. 😊
(I also have some sewing courses on the go, but that’s a post for a different category!😉)
Back to the doughnuts!
These particular doughnuts are a deep-fried, glazed and filled doughnut. The first step was to make the dough and cut the shapes.
Next we heat the oil.
Then we fry our doughnuts, flipping once until a nice golden brown.
While the doughnuts are cooling slightly, make your glaze. I went with a dark chocolate ganache. You want to glaze your doughnuts while they are still a bit warm. Let the glazed doughnuts cool completely. Meanwhile you can make your filling.
I chose to do a strawberry jam type filling. It was too thick to properly pipe in though, so next time I would maybe blend it up a bit to make it less chunky. Pipe some filling into your doughnuts through the side with a long piping tip.
Then enjoy your delicious doughnuts!
What flavour doughnut would you make? What baking class would you take from Craftsy? (Here’s the link again! Online Baking Classes)
Since this is a new blog and I haven’t been posting much elsewhere on what I’ve been cooking, I thought I would share a few things here.
We recently had Hubby’s birthday supper. He requested sushi, so I complied. I made a dragon roll, our version of Sushi Fang’s Tasty Roll, and a spicy California roll. I also made our version of Sushi Fang’s spicy crab sushi pizza. (I still haven’t quite worked out how they get the golden color).
It was all delicious if I do say so myself. Next is a picture of some veggies about to be roasted for a tasty vegan lasagna. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a photo of the finished product! 😓 Then you will see a picture of my constant kitchen “helper”, Mr. Moo, my 18-Month-old.
Some other items I have cooked or baked (and remembered to snap a picture of 😜) are lemon meringue pie, rich egg bread, blueberry muffins and peanut butter cookies. All are pictured below.
What have you been cooking?